My name is William Simpson. I’m the author of “Living in the Hope of My Imagination”.
There are so many things that I want to address but because of time, I will address the most important issue the true church of Jesus Christ faces today. We who have been born-again by the Spirit of God, and whose lives have been transformed by the Word of God, face an enemy today of size and strength that vastly outnumbers the few whom God has chosen for this time to represent His sovereignty in the salvation of man.
Open your Bible to the book of Jude, verses 1-3:
Jude, a bond-servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to those who are the called, beloved in God the Father, and kept for Jesus Christ: May mercy and peace and love be multiplied to you. Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints.
In the day in which we find ourselves, not only is the integrity of the Bible being attacked by those who are unregenerate in spirit and reprobate in mind, but an even more serious issue faces the proclamation of the Gospel’s message of salvation through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
This issue is not new. It has, according to Scriptures account, affected every age of man since the beginning of time. And even before that, the angels of God had a choice to make. Scripture also reveals that God dealt decisively with the rebellion of both angels and men.
We who are the redeemed, as Ambassadors for God, have been commissioned by God, for the purpose of God in the salvation of a lost humanity and the defense of the inerrancy of Scripture. But in today’s seeker-friendly culture, the attributes of love, acceptance and conversation are the winsome virtues that many supposed Christian leaders and authors have built their platforms upon. Their compromise has had a devastating effect upon the true Christian witness.
People today are calloused, and think that because they attend a weekly church service and are good people, that God or their deity of choice, or no deity at all, will award them heaven, or that they just cease to exist, is the great deception of our time. This deception has been packaged and repackaged time and time again and sold to naïve people by slick talking charlatans who have studied enough Scripture to know how to tell lies that have just enough truth to appeal to the whims of each new culture. America no longer wants to hear the law of God. We want only the provisions of an easy gospel that caters to the selfish desires of me, my and mine, and what about me?
Turn to 2 Timothy, chapter 4 verses 3-4:
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.
This defines the majority of American evangelical Christianity today. And based upon the books I’ve read and the sermons I have listened too, of mostly unknown preachers of yesterday and today, this heresy has infected the church globally.
What does apostasy mean? Deserter, disloyal, abandonment, divorce, to revolt, rebellion. The Greek word – apostasia, means – falling away. This word is used only once in the New Testament.
Turn to 2 Thessalonians, chapter 2 verse 3:
Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction. This refers to the anti-Christ.
I want you to understand that nothing written in the Bible is irrelevant, nor is the placement of Scripture by chance. God is a God of order. I have come to realize that the Epistles are categorized in the cannon of Scripture in the order of church events. The “it” referred to in this verse is the coming “Day of the Lord”. Jesus’ first coming was for the salvation of man. His second coming is in judgment of man during the great tribulation.
The apostasy referred to here, is worded in other translations, “falling away” from the faith. The book of JUDE as you know is the last book of epistles written to the believers during the church age. The book following JUDE is REVELATION. The time and events recorded by John, of Gods wrath and judgment dealt upon those who rejected His gift of salvation through the atoning sacrifice that Jesus became.
This falling away is happening right now. The church of Oprah and her belief that there are many different pathways to God. The Emergent Church New Age movement headed by the likes of Brian McLaren. Rick Warrens, Purpose Driven “Church and Life” literature, that’s absolute heresy. Liberal theologians. Roman Catholicism’s false gospel of Jesus, plus Mary and sacraments and works. Main stream protestant denominations that ordain homosexual and lesbian clergy. Joel Osteen’s spineless representation of a false gospel, because he is afraid to offend people in their sin, and have that offense keep them from living their best life now. And the plethora of heretics who head today’s health, wealth and self-esteem mega churches, and their want-to-be followers, who are nothing more than New Age mystics that use psychology to misrepresent Scripture for the intent to deceive the unsuspecting and amass to themselves filthy lucre (money). A job they have done very well.
We have elevated people like Paula White and Benny Hinn to celebrity status among the evangelical superstars, and yet these people refuse to submit their lives to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, or men of character, who will hold them accountable to the message they proclaim. They have divorced or committed adultery, and have mishandled money given by naïve people to a supposed work of God, and still, TBN, God TV and their many media partners in the fleecing of Gods people, are free to spread the heresy of any gospel but the true Gospel of God to the four winds without the fear of church discipline. They are subject to none nor are there any to hold these false teachers accountable. Bride of Christ, beware of the wolves in sheep clothing, for they are everywhere.
Turn to Romans, chapter 16, verses 17-18:
Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them. For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.
Many of whom are believed to have been or are now Gods generals, are rather Gods judgment upon a people whose life’s witness proves they are really the enemies of Christ. N.V. Peal, Kenneth Hagin and Oral Roberts, Billy Graham, Kenneth Copeland, Crefflo Dollar and TD Jakes, to name a few. All of these people were probably at one time, sincere in their Christian witness. But somehow money, power, influence or greed, and turning away from the absolute sovereignty and exclusivity of the Gospel, has blinded these men to the lies and doctrines of secular humanism. Even as Satan, who has appeared as an angel of light, so have these wicked men become the voices of this age to an apostate church. Who are lovers of themselves and who despise the law of God.
Turn to Philippians 3, verses 17-19:
Brethren, join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us. For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ, whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things.
As to the cost of those who are eternally lost because men have misrepresented the Gospels message of repentance and salvation through Jesus Christ, and Him alone…..God weeps. Their blood will be upon these heretics and Scripture reveals that God has reserved the hottest, darkest and most painful dungeons of eternal punishment in the depths of Hell, for false teachers.
Most of what presents itself as the gospel today is heresy, and American Christianity has become so weak, that it no longer has an appeal. This is why the greatest issue facing the church of Jesus Christ is the defense of truth.
If what I say offends you, then you have a choice to make. Either you listen to what I say and then compare it to Scripture, and have Scripture prove my statements to be accurate, or be offended and miss out on what God is doing. I’m concerned with your eternal salvation, and not whether I’ve wounded your sensitive self-centered ego.
What I have to say is intended to reach those who have been deceived and hopefully, help lead them back to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. My other intent is to expose false teachers and take from them their confidence by destroying their influence. For these people are not Christian, nor have many of them ever been. They are the enemies of God, who have been appointed for this time, and are beyond the reach of Gods grace. Apostasy is the sin that is unpardonable, and I refuse to allow these servants of Satan to rob Gods chosen and elect, of their eternal salvation.
This is not something I ever saw myself doing, but my life’s witness is no longer my own. God’s anger, angers me. And the events of my life give me the platform to address this issue from a very intimate perspective.
Don’t be one, in this age of apostasy. Hell awaits…